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The Judgment Of Paris: The Blind Taste Test That Decanted The Wine World

4 hours 36 min ago

Forty years ago, the top names in French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California bottles. The results revolutionized the wine industry.

In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

4 hours 52 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

7 hours 2 min ago

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

7 hours 2 min ago

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

Parade Of Goofballs 2016: Can JoJo Find A Prince In A Haystack?

10 hours 51 min ago

It's that time again. A fresh bachelorette has to make her way through 26 men, hoping to find a good one, and we have some thoughts.

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

11 hours 47 min ago

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.

'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

14 hours 24 min ago

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class.

Filipino Americans: Blending Cultures, Redefining Race

16 hours 42 min ago

In his book, "The Latinos of Asia," Anthony Christian Ocampo explores how Filipino Americans challenge traditional ideas about race and national identity.

Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her New Jazz Album

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:44pm

When Candice Hoyes sings, she's channeling a legacy of black women in jazz. Her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, celebrates the genre's storied roots.

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:08pm

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

'Weiner' Is An Intriguingly Nuanced Look At An Easy Punch Line

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:11am

Two years after he was caught texting crotch shots, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was back in the spotlight, running for mayor. A new documentary chronicles his scandal-plagued campaign.

From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:00am

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.

Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:31am

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain 'Grit' In Students

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Author Paul Tough's book, Helping Children Succeed, lays out what he calls the tools for helping children succeed, particularly through attributes like perseverance and grit.

On The Ever-Present Trauma Of Rape: 'You Are Not Alone. Don't Give Up'

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

More than 30 years after he says he was raped by a priest, Raymond Douglas wrote about his trauma. He hopes it will help more male victims to speak up and authorities to better address the issue.

'Smoke' Author Dan Vyleta Keeps It Messy

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:00am

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines a world where inner faults and sins are made visible by black smoke curling from bodies. He says his big, sprawling narratives were inspired by the works of Dickens.

Now At Your Comic Shop: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michael Chabon And Margaret Atwood

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Acclaimed authors — including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Chabon — have begun penning comic books, to great acclaim. Coates' first issue of Black Panther is the year's top-selling comic so far.

Joe Hill On 'Fireman,' Family And ... Fart Cookies?

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Novelist Joe Hill's latest, The Fireman, is an apocalyptic plague tale about a pathogen that makes sufferers explode. He says his father Stephen King has had a great influence on his storytelling.

Now At Your Comic Shop: Ta-Nehisi Coates And Michael Chabon

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Acclaimed authors — including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Chabon — have begun penning comic books, to great acclaim. Coates' first issue of Black Panther is the year's top-selling comic so far.

From 'Apprentice' To 'MacGyver,' TV Raids Old Shows To Excite Advertisers

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

The TV networks recently tried to sell their new shows to advertisers at the 2016 upfronts. But most of the shows being sold are things you've already seen.

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